Renewed: The Simpsons

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While creator Matt Groening is currently in Australia, The Simpsons has been renewed for its 29th and 30th seasons.

The double-season renewal will see the show break Gunsmoke‘s record of most episodes of a scripted US series ever. Gunsmoke has 635 episodes, while The Simpsons will eventually reach 669 episodes. It recently crossed the 600 episode mark.

“Take that Gunsmoke!” Homer Simpson reportedly said in a statement. “You lost a race you didn’t even know you were running!”

“This is yet another record-setting moment for what is truly a landmark series,” FOX TV Group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman said. “The Simpsons has meant so much to the network, the studio and everyone at FOX, and its continued cultural impact around the globe is a testament to the combined brilliance of Matt, Jim and Al. Congratulations to everyone who works on this groundbreaking series — from the voice cast and producers to the writers and production team — you comprise one of the greatest collections of creative talent in the history of the medium. And to the millions of Simpsons fans around the world, thank you for watching all these years. We’re happy to tell you there’s lots more to come.”

With 28 seasons, The Simpsons is already the longest-running American sitcom and the longest-running American animated program, and the longest-running American scripted primetime television series.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

8 Comments:

  1. They’ve clearly had the record in their sights for a while so wonder if getting past it could be the thing that encourages them to bring the series to an end.

  2. Armchair Analyst

    The same can be said of Network Ten! The Simpsons & other FOX titles really helped TEN out of its Myer during early 90s all the way up to the admin change of 2011! I still enjoy watching the Simpsons but I am aware that the poignantness of the earlier episodes isn’t there anymore. Probably not surprising given its lengthy run! It probably will end at Season 30! Most of the voice actors are fairly old now they will still receive royalties post its run cause of syndication & reruns fees!

  3. Many people might not know that The Simpsons established Fox as a viable TV network in the US. Prior to The Simpsons Fox was struggling with poor ratings and revenue. The Simpsons became an immediate hit series on the back of the segments included in The Tracey Ullman Show before that. The success of The Simpsons encouraged other production houses to produce material for Fox and so was born Beverly Hills 90210, The X Files, Melrose Place, Cops and a slate of other hit shows. Because of these shows Fox moved to third in the ratings out of America’s four TV networks and enabled the network to shift into profitability and charge premium rates for advertising spots.

    • Secret Squïrrel

      So it’s the Simpsons’ fault that Firefly ended up on Fox where they played eps out of order and cancelled it before the first season had finished?

  4. Congratulations to the show, but as much as I love so, so many episodes, I’ve started but never finished several seasons from the last few years and wouldn’t mind if the 30th became a dignified farewell.

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